The Finance & Markets Global Practice (GFMDR) aims to help countries build deep, diversified, inclusive, efficient and stable financial systems which are essential to promoting economic growth and reducing poverty and increasing shared prosperity. The practice is committed to delivering public and private sector tailored solutions to development challenges by leveraging the whole range of the Bank Group’s financial, knowledge/advisory and convening services for clients. In doing so, the practice not only partners with the broader World Bank finance team (IFC, WB, MIGA and WB/IFC Treasuries) but also acts as an enabler for all of the other GPs and Cross-Cutting Groups.
As a joint World Bank -IFC practice, the Finance & Markets Practice brings together the World Bank’s knowledge, finance (loans, credits, guarantees, risk management products), and convening services, and IFC advisory at the industry and public sector level into a single suite of development solutions for our clients and the global community to support reaching the twin goals of eliminating extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. Today, this suite of financial solutions is more than US$10 billion in current and pipeline engagement commitments. We also have an ongoing portfolio of about 400 knowledge activities (with costs up to $73 million) and 98 IFC advisory services (valued at $136 million).
Led by a Senior Director and two Directors, the practice is managed by a cadre of 14 Practice Managers who oversee its regional teams and global solutions groups, and CGAP, which has a dedicated Director.
Thematically, the practice is organized into three global solutions groups. The first groups activities aimed at Strengthening the foundations of stable financial systems and markets by supporting global financial sector oversight frameworks and policies; strengthening banking regulation and restructuring regimes; improving financial sector integrity efforts and deepening capital markets, insurance, pensions and investment funds; the second Improving financial infrastructure and access through its work on credit infrastructures; payment and market infrastructures; responsible financial access: and SME finance, and the third on partnering with other practices on frontier development finance initiatives such as climate change finance, disaster risk finance and insurance, infrastructure finance, agriculture finance and housing finance.
Agriculture plays a major role in the national economies of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan where around 63% of the population are engaged in the agriculture. While the potential of the agricultural sector is significant, it currently contributes only approximately 13.4% to 25.3% respectively to the GDP of these countries. Given that a major part of the population of these countries lives in rural areas and subsists on farming, the development of an effective and sustainable agricultural sector plays a significant role in the food security for the aggregate 42.5million people who live in these three countries.
The aim of the Project is to improve (a) access to finance and (b) access to markets for producers in agricultural supply chains/products in the Kyrgyz Republic (KR), Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
The goal will be met through work in two main areas which will form two key components of the Project:
– To increase access to finance for farmers and other agri supply chain participants by improving the capacity of Fls.
– To improve the bankability of farmers and other participants of supply chains (aggregators) by improving their capacity and access to markets.
The Project’s targets are: (a) 20,000 farmers reached through improved access to finance, services and markets; (b) $50 million in investment and financing facilitated; (c) $50 million in sales revenue generated for supply chains.
The Project has currently working on dairy sub-sector all 3 Project countries in order to:
I. Design solutions to address gaps in their supply chains and to create tighter relationships between farmers-producers and aggregators (processors, input suppliers and/or traders);
ii. Increase the capacity of all participants in their supply chains through the introduction of new technologies, the improved use of inputs and the creation of access to new markets (buyers of their products);
iii. Train the aggregators to deliver training/advice to their clients (farmers, cooperatives);
iv. Conduct outreach activities to promote the use of new agri technologies and inputs which would increase the productivity and the bankability of farming activities.
To further implement the Project, WBG is hiring a Supply Chain Specialist whose task it will be to design and deliver value chain improvement and development advisory services to WBG Clients. While implementing his/her duties, the staff member will report to the Program Manager and to the Regional Agri Supply Chain Specialist.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year term appointment.Background / General description
The Specialist shall work closely with IFC’s Regional Agri Supply Chain Specialist and other Project’s specialists to perform the following:
• Develop and implement supply chain programs capable of delivering the agreed upon client service level and targets in a rapidly expanding but difficult market while ensuring the high development impact of this program and achieving financial project targets;
• Map stakeholders’ needs and structure partnerships between the supply chain stakeholders with the aim to create a sustainable system for serving agricultural producers with extension advice, access to inputs, access to finance and access to markets;
• Develop training programs, educational materials and implement farmer and other supply chain participants outreach approaches which will enable the Project to create a system for sustainable development for the supply chains;
• Deliver on-the-job training, coaching and advisory support to clients, partners and beneficiaries on implementing the innovations and new approaches recommended by the Project experts;
• Lead teams of local and international short term experts to deliver supply chain development solutions developed for specific clients;
• Support the access to finance team on structuring supply chain financing solutions with the aim to improve banks’ capacity in providing financing to farmers and other supply chain participants;
• Support to the Program Manager in hiring, coaching, guiding and managing technical consultants and on the quality control of the consultants’ work and services provided to the clients;
• Identify and evaluate opportunities and recommend solutions that will create and drive overall supply chain competitive advantage improvement compared to internal and external benchmarks. Identify gaps between supply capabilities and customer requirements;
• Provide support to the Project team on the design of an effective monitoring and evaluation system for the Project work and development impact in the Project countries;
• Proactively engage in business development efforts with Supply Chains to generate high value Agri SME advisory engagements.
• Prepare reports, presentations and other materials needed for internal and external communications about the Project progress, achievements and results;
• Work on other advisory projects in the region when required by management;
• Contribute to a positive and professional work environment.
The Specialist shall have hands-on experience in commercial strategies and products specific to Agri SME business with differentiation in approaches across small and medium enterprises. He/she will have a deep understanding and practical experience working with key supply chain operations and in the provision of consulting services. Strong knowledge of international standards and practices will be required to provide thought leadership and technical guidance.
While implementing his/her duties, the Specialist will be supported by IFC’s Regional Agri Supply Chain Specialist, international and local experts working in the project.
The following deliverables are expected from the Specialist within the 2 years of the contract:
– Continue and complete implementation of the advisory services under the 3 currently outstanding project’s agreements;
– At least one new engagement with an agri sector aggregator signed in each of the project countries (in addition to the currently on-going agreements);
– A roadmap for client engagement and a client interaction strategy developed for each of the new clients and their supply chain;
– Key issues and bottlenecks in the supply chain identified and potential solutions designed;
– Advisory proposal developed and proposed to the clients;
– Project Services Agreements signed with 3 clients and the implementation started.DRDuties and Accountabilities
The Supply Chain Specialist will be selected by a competitive process through a series of interviews with IFC staff and management. Qualified candidates will be rated according to their qualifications and interview results. By consensus the finalist will be selected and offered the position.
• Masters or equivalent of an agronomist or agricultural engineer;
• Minimum 7 years of experience with specialization as a supply chain specialist/manager;
• Strong leadership skills to enable the candidate to lead both the Project’s and the clients’ teams;
• Excellent working knowledge of written and spoken English and Russian;
• Excellent Analytical and Communication Skills;
• Excellent Training Skills;
• Self – starter , self-motivating professional able to deliver strong results with minimum supervision;
• Computer skills- Windows office programs;
• Ability to work effectively in a diverse teamwork environment;
• Ability and willingness to travel within the country, regionally and internationally when required.
The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity regarding gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidenceSCSelection Criteria